On the whole, I’m usually drawn more to standalone books than those that belong to a series, but occasionally I dabble. I don’t always finish, and here’s why.
1 The Passage by Justin Cronin
…because he hasn’t finished writing it yet, grrrrrr. Book two hits the shelves mid-October and I’ll be camping out for it, baby!
2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larson
Even though this book was basically glued to my hands from about page 200 onwards, the sexual violence was too full-on for little old me.
3. Sweet Valley High by Francine Pascal
I discovered these books when I was 11 and was completely obsessed with them, reading two a day until I exhausted my girlfriend’s collection. I think I made it to around #40 - 110 to go…
4. Dune by Frank Herbert
I know this is a big call but I’m going to put it out there - Dune is the best sci-fi novel I’ve ever read. I’ve read it a few times, but for some reason have put off reading the many sequels.
5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I was totally rooting for Katniss in Book 1. But by the end of Catching Fire I felt tired of being privy to her every thought. Of course, I hope she helped overthrow the Capitol. But I didn’t need to read about it.
6. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
I only read these books for the smouldering desire between Bella and Edward. I skipped all the other scenes and once they actually got it on I completely lost interest. Renesmee was just too far for me.
7. Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
These are such wonderful adventures. I read many of them as a child and I’m enjoying them as audiobooks with my son now but I’ve never quite made it to the end of the road.
8. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Long descriptions of military strategy and battles fought on computer screens - not my cup of tea.
9. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien - I read The Hobbit but only made it about halfway through The Fellowship of the Ring. I loved the movies but for reasons I can’t articulate I don’t enjoy reading epic fantasy.
10. Variant by Robison Wells
I’m looking forward to the second book in this YA series but I don’t like reading on my kindle as much as I like reading real books so I’ll probably save this for when I go on a holiday.
What about you? What series have you started and then given up on?
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